Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Glorious Flight

Our latest row was The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen.  Amazon's synopsis of it reads, "Winner of the Caldecott Medal, this stunningly illustrated book depicts Louis Bleriot's historic first cross-Channel flight."  Maggie thoroughly enjoyed it, finding Bleriot's many aviation attempts (with pictures to match) downright funny.
We talked about the geography of this book first, using DK's Children's World Atlas by Dr. Kathleen Baker to map the English Channel (page 51).
Using the English Channel printables found at, Maggie mapped the Channel and colored the two countries it borders (England and France).
The red mark on her map shows Bleriot's route.
After our study of the English Channel, we colored and placed our story disk for this book in that region on our world map (since we can no longer see it from all of our other story disks mapped there)!
In the book, which takes place mostly in France, there is this illustration of a French woman with her baguette ...
... so, of course, we had to have a baguette to snack on!
Is there really anything tastier than a fresh baguette with butter?!
After studying the beautiful artwork in this book (it received the Caldecott Medal) we talked about viewpoint and perspective, as a few of the illustrations in this book are painted from different viewpoints.  I challenged Maggie to draw a picture from an aerial viewpoint.  This is her picture, of a town far below, and a bird friend just beneath her.
In this book, Bleriot names his planes with Roman numerals.  To learn more about them, we read Fun with Roman Numerals by David A, Adler.
I then challenged her to write her age in Roman numerals on this index card.
We found two more activities online at  For the first, Maggie wrote the hours of this clock in Roman numerals (the printout is at that same site), then drew in the hands to read 4:35, the time that Bleriot departed France for England.
That same site had the printout for this flapbook we put together, too.
The corresponding Roman numerals can be written under the flaps.
Next, we watched a short documentary on Louis Bleriot at (below).  It was neat to see actual photographs after seeing just illustrations in the book.
We then watched the short clip showing actual video footage from the day of his voyage at (below).  That was neat, too.
After the two videos, we put together the model airplane we found at  (Follow that link to download the template below.)
Then, using the picture of the plane at
crafts/kid/simple-wood-crafts/?page=4, we fashioned a model airplane using a clothespin, three Popsicle sticks, and glue.
The best part is that it works as a clip, too!
Our next row?  A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert!  Check back with us!

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